Spring Clean your Fitness Regime
Have you been following the same health regime since you made your new year’s resolution? You may be enjoying your regular workout, but if you follow the same routine for too long then it’s likely that your workout will become less effective, as your body will become accustomed to its penance. Spring is the perfect time of year to clear your head, revive your enthusiasm, break away from your old gym routine and embrace the great outdoors. And for those of us who didn’t manage to pick up the ball in January, it’s not too late to find some fresh ways to keep fit and healthy.
1. Set a Realistic Schedule
If you haven’t been off the sofa much this winter, don’t plan to out-cycle the Tour de France competitors within a week! Be realistic, start small and each week push yourself 5% further. Keep a fitness journal each day, record not just your exercise routine but anything active you did that day, and how you felt. Within a month you will be able to see how much you have improved each week, you will feel better about yourself and stay on top of your goals.
2. Find your Partner in Crime
You’re more likely to stick with your plan if you’ve got somebody there to motivate and push you, or somebody to compete with! As the old saying goes misery loves company, so if you hate exercising, find someone to help you get your worries off your chest so that you can focus on the task at hand. Furthermore, someone who stands back and observes you can more realistically point out your weaknesses and how you can improve.
3. Try New Running Shoes
If your running shoes are fished out the back of your wardrobe from years ago, or if you’re feeling unsure how to get into jogging, then it may be time to treat yourself to a new pair of running shoes. For spring, choose lightweight shoes to give your feet room to sweat like New Balance’s Urban Night Running 10v2 trainers with a barefoot friendly internal construction. New Balance’s 1080v5 trainer is a maximum comfort shoe which might be more appropriate for new joggers, as it’s asymmetrical heel counter cushions your feet and minimises impact.
4. Protect your Skin
Many of us still think that sun cream is just for the beach, but think of how often you expose your skin when you go jogging! A waterproof lotion with at least SPF 15 and UV protection applied over exposed areas of your body will do wonders for your skin in the long run. Easy-to-miss areas like behind your ears, your underarms and ankles are most at risk when jogging. For a sun cream that doesn’t leave you feeling sticky as well as sweaty try Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist SPF30, which is prefect for a sunset run.
5. Fresh Eating
Winter encourages us stay in and eat stogey foods, which while comforting are not always good for us. Many fruits are ripening this spring which will enhance your diet, like strawberries and apricots, and vegetables such as asparagus and spinach. With the improving weather, grill white meat and fish outside on a barbeque which is healthier than frying. BBC Good Food has some great ideas for healthy spring dishes such as flambéed chicken with asparagus and spring green fattoush.
6. Change your Game
Fitness workouts tend to fall into one of two categories: strength training or cardio workout. Whichever camp you fall into, use spring as a period to switch up your workout and exercise a new group of muscles. Having both a strong core and a strong heart can aid your regular workout once you return to it in the summer. If you’re new to weight training, start with the basics like squats and planks before progressing to real weights and more complex routines. For those who are trying cardio, similarly start off small with a short jog around the park, and increase your pace on the running machine one notch at a time.
What ways will you be changing your fitness regime this spring?